If you would have told me NBC would become the #1 supplier of awesome youth ministry games, I would never have believed it. But Minute to Win It (heretofore described as MTWI because I am lazy) has provided AMAZING material for youth ministry – are you taking advantage of it?
If you’re not familiar with MTWI, you can check out my post on it here. MTWI has hundreds of games that are designed to last no longer than (you guessed it!) a minute. They’re high energy, fun, and great for youth group. So how do can you use them in ministry?
These will generally work as either an upfront game for a program or as a team competition during a longer event. These are generally not designed for a group game, and they all require some supplies. All the supplies for these games are easily found around the house, or in rare occasions you’ll have to buy something small. But, unless you have a small group, you’ll want to keep these as upfront games to get everyone looking towards the front.
To help set up the games, show the videos! They really help to demonstrate the games, and quickly (30 seconds usually) explain the rules. You can find them on NBC.com or download them off Youtube. The videos really help make it more exciting and "game-show-esque.”
Keep it lively and don’t spend too much time on the games. The joy of MTWI games is in their brevity. Yes, everyone will want to see if they can stack the blocks on their head or move the cookie from their forehead to their face. DON’T LET EVERYONE TRY IT! Once you do that, you’ll have everyone trying to do it and your high energy game will have bogged down and you’ll have a mess on your hands. Play one or two games, quick, high energy, then move on. You’ll thank me later.
Finally, don’t be afraid to offer prizes. I’m not talking giving out XBoxes and iPads (although if you do, I will be at your lock-in…just sayin’). Buy a bunch of suckers, or pop rocks, or some sort of fun little cheap prize. Teens love winning stuff, even stupid stuff. The games don’t need it, the excitement level of the games will work for themselves. But, it makes it much more fun.
These games are tailor made for youth ministry. I would love to hear how you use MTWI in your ministry in the comments.
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Bill Nance is a 15 year veteran of youth ministry, having served in churches across the midwest. He currently works at a non-profit organization that works with churches and other agencies that serve hungry people. He also spends time writing, training, and speaking to help youth ministries across the country. If you are looking for a talented speaker for your next youth ministry event, consider booking him today!
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